Our team members are intuitive, self-motivated, independent, hard working, confident and loyal. Our credibility and integrity set us apart – along with our clients, they are our most valuable resources.
Francis X. McMahon, Esq. / President
The founder and president of Advocacy Solutions, Frank has deep expertise in ally development, grassroots and grasstops coalition building, strategic communications management, and online advocacy for clients in a wide range of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, energy, and transportation.
Over the course of his career, Frank has been a key staff member and advisor on many winning political and issue campaigns. He served as Special Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun and has led campaigns for Honda Motor Corporation, Verizon, and National Grid.
An avid Friar basketball fan, Frank is a graduate of Providence College, Suffolk University Law School, and a member of the Rhode Island State and Federal Bar Association.
Daniel Connors, Esq. / Managing Director
As a practicing attorney and policymaker Dan’s expertise lays in researching and developing public affairs strategy and public policy initiatives.
Dan was first elected — at age 20 — to the Rhode Island Senate in 1996. In 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as Senate Majority Leader. Dan has previously served as Chair of the New England Board of Higher Education and the chairman of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Board of Directors, a member of the Rhode Island State Investment Commission, and a member of the Rhode Island Refunding Bond Authority.
A life-long resident of Rhode Island, Dan is a graduate of Cumberland High School. He earned his B.A. from Providence College in 1998; and his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2002. He is an attorney in private practice, a visiting lecturer in strategic management at Providence College, and has previously served as Director of Human Resources for the Town of Cumberland.
Christopher Hunter / Managing Director, Strategy and Development
Chris is an expert at designing and executing successful issue campaigns with a strong focus on stakeholder coalition building and electronic advocacy techniques.
Chris has run successful referendum, issue, and public awareness campaigns for several health care, higher education, telecommunications, and financial services clients, including Wal-Mart, Genentech, Blue Cross Blue Shield of America, Walgreens and Verizon.
A nationally recognized expert on Internet privacy and free speech issues, Chris joined Advocacy Solutions after five years as a public policy researcher at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a policy expert, he has testified before Congress on the safety of the Internet for children and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Interactive Week and major academic journals.
Chris holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael F. Ryan, Jr / Account Manager, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Mike develops and executes comprehensive government relations campaigns for a wide variety of clients. From issues research and strategic planning to campaign execution at the State House, Mike provides clients with sound strategic government council, navigating the legislation process from start to finish.
With expertise in health policy, state budget policy, education and telecommunication, Mike ensures that clients’ interests are well-represented.
Mike holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.
Sarah Beron / Account Manager, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications
Sarah manages an array of integrated public affairs accounts in the education, health care, non-profit and corporate sectors. From crisis communications to media relations work, her analytical skills and eagerness to tackle projects from the group up make her a versatile team player.
Sarah currently serves as a director on the board of the Public Relations Society of America, Southeastern New England Chapter. She brings with her experience from two public relations firms and the Office of Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Media Communication from Roger Williams University.
Alison Dessert / Account Coordinator, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications
Alison is a valuable member of the public affairs and strategic communications team, assisting with media relations, crisis communication and other public affairs strategies for clients.
Prior to her role as an Account Coordinator, Alison interned with Advocacy Solutions in both public affairs and government relations capacities, supporting team efforts in an array of client sectors. She was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and a national competitor in the prominent Bateman Case Study competition.
Alison holds a B.A. in Media Communication from Roger Williams University.
Joan Boulanger / Accounting Manager
Joan is a driven accounting professional who prides herself on her time management and organizational skills.
With more than 20 years of experience as a controller for a jewelry manufacturing firm in Rhode Island, Joan is willing to roll up her sleeves to get the job done by finding solutions to improve the bottom line.
In her last position, Joan traveled to China to set up international offices and train personnel in accounting and inventory procedures. She was a major player in the efforts to expand her previous company’s international offices in Korea, Thailand and China.
In her spare time Joan loves gardening, dancing and spending time with her family.
Emanuella Petrucci / Office Manager
Emanuella is an important member of the Advocacy Solutions team, providing administrative support to staff as well as clients. As the firm’s Office Manager, she keeps the office running smoothly and is an enthusiastic, friendly team member.
Born in Italy, Emanuella came to the U.S. at age seven. Industrious since childhood, she worked for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce as a receptionist while attending high school and earning her license in hair styling. She worked as a stylist for eleven years before opening her own salon in 1990. She taught classes in cosmetic arts for CCRI and the Learning Connection and worked with The Providence Journal on their annual Bridal issue, doing hair and makeup. She then worked for PAN-AM and Continental Airlines as a flight attendant, where she continued to work until the birth of her daughter.
In addition to her work at Advocacy Solutions, Emanuella works part-time at a hair salon on the weekends and recently launched a new business called Women Wine Making.
Emanuella still finds time to enjoy all of her passions, including family, gardening, cooking, spending time with friends, traveling and wine making.